Charles Clanton Rogers

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SOAR: a template for physicians; a template for human life.

Learning how to navigate problems as a physician taught me to navigate through life’s puzzles.

I have had many opportunities in my life. One advantage was admission to my medical school. While learning how to manage diseases, I learned how to approach Life’s greatest challenges.  What are we supposed to do with the life we have been given and how do we invest our most valuable asset – time? (“There is no present like the time!”)

In those days, becoming a physician meant surviving the genuine, deliberately difficult  curriculum and years of obstacles. I survived believing, by some magic, I would come out the other end, knowing everything!

Rather than knowing everything,  I was taught,  as a physician, one always was forced to make decisions with incomplete pieces to the puzzle!

Time is always inadequate; information is almost always lacking; demanding, always, is response/ action.

You gather what information you can, do an assessment and respond/ act. Sick and injured patients need for someone to assess their problem and act before it is too late. Several times a day, day after day, as a student – then as a  physician you learn to respond, often with less information than you need.

One assembles the template.

First, the subjective information “S”. What are the unmeasurable features obtain a History (“his story”)– pain – fear- (“Not everything that counts, can be counted,)

Secondly attain the objective information“O”; what you can see and measure – overt manifestations. Then consider the meaningful evidence that is not present (“The Dog That Didn’t Bark” of Sherlock Holmes)

S + O = Assessment

From the assessment, you plan a Response

This S.O.A.R. Template has worked for me in engaging with Life’s puzzles. Often, one is required to make decisions without all of the information needed. So get the subjective input; make (objective)  observations = assessment and respond with action. Then evaluate the outcome by repeating the template. 30

Charles C. Rogers   August 20, 2015

7 thoughts on “S.O.A.R.

  1. bbnewsab says:

    In my opinion a physician is not only a scientist specialized in restoring health to his patients. A physician should also be an artist, i.e.being able to cultivate and use (also) his creative mind in order to understand the needs of his patients (and himself).

    The best physicians are the ones who are not afraid of using both their brain hemispheres. Not only the intelligent and logical left one, but also the emotional, empathetic and sensitive right one.

    I think you, clanton1934 (aka Charles Rogers), are such a doctor. Your blog is so full of knowledge AND wisdom. It’s a blog that can be summarized like this: “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.

    As a reader of your insightful blog i can easily see that you must have come a long way in understanding one of the most important goals/purposes (please forget about the religious connotations of these two words) of other lives: that we should learn how to use both brain hemispheres and optimize their cooperation.

    I strongly believe that one of best ways to lead a decent life is to learn how to explore and understand your inner self (sometimes that inner, hidden, person is called the author of your self-narrative).

    I dare say, clanton1934, that you are not (too) afraid of acquainting yourself with your inner self. That’s why you’ve become BOTH skilful & competent (= full of knowledge) AND full of insights of how to understand and appreciate life itself (= full of wisdom).

    Few of us are good at knowing BOTH other people AND ourselves.

    Most of us, unfortunately, have a deeply self-deceptive view of ourselves.

    So we need to be better at, in the first place, knowing ourselves. I’m pretty sure that if we’re able to unmask ourselves (the noun “persona” actually means “mask”) we also become better at understanding other people.

    Remember the inscription GNOTHI SEAUTON (KNOW THYSELF, or in Latin NOSCE TE IPSUM) on the wall of the temple of Apollo at Delphi.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson summarizes my thought better than I myself am able to do. He once wrote:

    The purpose of life seems to be to acquaint a man with himself and whatever science or art or course of action he engages in, reacts upon and illuminates the recesses of his own mind. Thus friends seem to be only mirrors to draw out and explain to us ourselves; and that which draws us nearer our fellow man, is, that the deep Heart in one, answers the deep Heart in another, — that we find we have (a common Nature) — one life which runs through all individuals.

    I purposely omit the last words in this Emerson quote (i.e. the following words: “and which is indeed Divine”; you know, clanton1934, as an atheist I dislike giving credit to any divine being…). :o)

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Dear bbnewsab, Thank you for the generous review and exceptional remarks! I remember in 1970 when Johnathan Livingston Seagull was published. It was warmly embraced. The book was made into a movie in 1973. It is very flattering to have you name my posts on the same page with Johnathan. Reading your publications has taught me much and I am pleased we discovered one another. I look forward to exchanging more information and views with you. c


    2. clanton1934 says:

      BB, you ask me the “chicken & egg” question about religion. I believe that as soon as the Homo sapiens brain could realize that “everybody dies” and then could realize that he as an individual could be killed, suffer an inevitably die, he and his tribe created a deity which looked like ” the old gray, wise men” of his tribe and by invention gave this wise old man the powers that man wanted his “God” to have. There was always “type A ” leaders, usually males (see the stallions and bucks). Just like men in power today, the powerful decide how they want everyone else to behave. Once the type A men knew what they wanted from “the sheep”, then the “kings” etc. told the masses that these ideas were “god’s will”. This was the invention of FEAR which is still the principle tool of our politicians. Early Sapiens invented the “carrot and the stick” and called it God. If the masses did what they were told, they got love from God; if they misbehaved, they got famine, pestilence and plague until they behaved. Oh, then the ” men-leaders” told the followers that they could talk to God and the masses needed a new invention: the priest to talk to God got them, making the priest’s power strong. People fear death, seek help from the priest to persuade God to take care of them in death. Yuval Hararai describes it well. ccr

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      1. bbnewsab says:

        Thank you for your reflections about the chicken & egg question.

        I agree with you. Totally. Cf what Karl Marx said Religion is like opium for the masses (at least Karl Marx was right on that special aspect of his multidisciplinary thought paradigm :o) )

        What I especially appreciate with Your explanation, clanton1934, is that you build your analysis on interdisciplinary reasoning.

        Combine that strategy with wisdom and lack of vanity, and voilà you’ve got a winning & persuading concept.

        Using interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledges (can you use that noun in the plural form?) is, in many ways, the opposite of the cherrypicking method used and cherished by YEC people and other religious true believers.

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        Hello Bengt. I seemed to have lost contact with you.
        E-mail me at:

        I seem to have lost your e-mail addresses.
        Charles Rogers


  2. bbnewsab says:

    What a wonderful picture you chose to illustrate your thoughts in this blog, clanton1934!

    Believe it or not, but I associate this mighty eagle to a seagull (of all birds).

    No, I’m not insane (I hope). It’s a special seagull that comes (flies) into my mind. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.

    Read more about this sepecial seagull here, .

    A quote from that Wikipedia article: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection.

    The eagle called clanton1934 undoubtedly has some similarities to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    Oops. Livingston it should be.
    I apparently mix Jonathan up with David Livingstone.

    Sorry for that. Mea culpa. mea maxima culpa. Now I can forget about coming to Heaven… :o)

    But I hope you’ll do your best to save me from Hell, clnaton1934.

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